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Play Report – Batman Versus Hulk Tabletop RPG One Shot

Game Systems DC Adventures (the current, superb Mutants and Masterminds TRPG published by Green Ronin) and the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game (a wonderful card-based 1998 TSR TRPG, now out of print). Two distinct rules sets were used (the need for which is clear after reading the game setting).

Game Attributes – All players physically gathered around a standard gaming table. Continue reading Play Report – Batman Versus Hulk Tabletop RPG One Shot

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Play Report – DC Comics Fate Accelerated Tabletop Roleplaying Game One Shot (Tanyar Discovered)

DC ComicsGameFate Accelerated RPG, using Fate Accelerated Justice League to see how DC Heroes can be built in Fate Accelerated and then using the DC Comics Encyclopedia (Updated and Expanded Edition) to add lots of villains and heroes as options for both the Game Master and Players.

Game Attributes – All players physically gathered around a standard gaming table at the Friendly Local Game Shop Alternate Universe in Holmes, Pennsylvania.

Game Setting – The DC Comics Universe with players able to select any DC Hero or any DC Villian (if they had a reason to serve on the side of the Angels for a One Shot). Continue reading Play Report – DC Comics Fate Accelerated Tabletop Roleplaying Game One Shot (Tanyar Discovered)

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Comic Book University: YouTube for the super hero in all of us

The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Cover art b...
The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Cover art by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t normally do a shout-out for a solitary YouTube channel, especially one that is fairly new, but the channel called Comic Book University has quite impressed me with its depth, number of videos, and its range of subjects.

Headed up by Professor Bill, so far the channel has taken serious, in depth looks at The Incredible Hulk, Doomsday, Killer Croc, and the unforgettable talent of artist Jack Kirby. Besides the series videos on those topics, there have been a handful of individual videos, including a memorial for Kenny Baker, known as R2-D2 from the Star Wars films. Also, Professor Bill’s videos have hinted at more to come, possibly including videos on the X-Men, Captain America, and other characters and topics.

Basically, there’s already a lot of good stuff here, and more should be on the way.

The series about the Hulk includes nine videos, each running from about 10 to 20 minutes, not including an intro video of a minute and a half. The Hulk’s origin as Bruce Banner is covered, as well as the Hulk’s powers, some of which are somewhat rare and not commonly known. For instance, did you know the Hulk could see ethereal or spiritual beings? I did from my early readings of The Defenders comics, but that had been long ago and I’d forgotten it.

The Hulk videos also cover a number of major story lines over the years involving the big green guy. The gray Hulk, Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are covered well, but plenty of other tales are mentioned.

The series of four videos about Jack Kirby are quite educational, going over Kirby’s earliest days as an artist, his time with Marvel, his brief stint with DC, his return to Marvel, and his later works. The final Kirby video features a nice tribute to this famous comic book artist.

Comic Book University isn’t just about the history of comics, however. It also looks to the present and the future in interviews with some of today’s comics creators and others working in the field. So far there have been interviews with Jonathan Miller of Outpouring Comics and Luis Zambrano of The Geek Fortress. More interviews can be expected in the future.

One of the nice details about the Comic Book University channel, and its companion Facebook page, is the sheer love for the topic that Professor Bill brings to his subject material. Not only does he love comics, but he appears to be a long-time fan and is quite knowledgeable of the medium.

There are other YouTube channels related to comic books and the comic book industry, but Comic Book University has quickly become my new favorite. If you have a personal favorite, please let others know about it in the comments section so Professor Bill and the rest of us can check it out.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to Stay Nerdy!

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Fan2Sea: Comic Con Goodness on the High Seas

Fan2Sea

Stranger ThingsNo longer do you have to just dream of setting sail on the seas of high adventure. Now you can do the real thing.

Coming in January 2017, with the Fan2Sea Cruise you can take the ultimate comic book and pop culture vacation aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas cruise ship.

 

It’s like attending a comic con on the high sea.

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This four-night trip lasts from Jan. 19 to 23 and starts in Tampa, Florida, then has stops in Key West and the island of Cozumel, Mexico. Onboard meals will be provided as well as access to cosplay contests, gaming tournaments, panels, screenings, parties and more, though special meet-and-greets with some celebrities will include an extra charge.

Walking Dead

Speaking of celebrities, there are plenty of them coming to Fan2Sea. You’re familiar with Michael Rooker of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Walking Dead,” right? Then there are Sonequa Martin-Green who portrays Sasha Williams on “The Walking Dead,” as well as Seth Gilliam, known as Father Gabriel Stokes on the same television show. Other actors from “The Walking Dead” will attend but also to appear are Caleb McLaughlin, Catherine Dyer, and Randy Havens from Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

Comic Con

If you lean more towards comics, there will be plenty of celebrity representatives from that field, such as Jordan D. White, currently the editor for Marvel Comics’ Star Wars and Deadpool titles. Marvel Comics

Also appearing are artist Klaus Janson (The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Gothic, etc.), writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, etc.), as well as many others working in comics.

DC Comics

Fans of nerd culture will find more than a few recognizable names worth visiting at Fan2Sea. Music fans might want to check out The Flux Capacitors, known as “The Back to the Future band,” and cosplay aficionados shouldn’t miss such performers as Lefty Lucy and Stella Chu, as well as others.

Nerdarchy

And this is just touching upon all those who will be available to meet at Fan2Sea. For a complete and up-to-date rundown, check out the full Fan2Sea line-up.

How much does all this nerdy awesomeness going to cost? It depends upon how many people in your party are going, where your cabins are located aboard the ship, and the type of cabins you book. Check out the rates here,  and don’t forget you can get a 10 percent discount by using the promo code word “Nerdarchy.” (Full disclosure: When you use the promo code, Nerdarchy earns a commission which could allow Nerdarchy members to attend Fan2Sea.) For those who are interested, there is even a payment plan. Nerdarchy is now running a contest giving away one cabin for you and up to 3 of your friends. More Info- Here

So, pack up your favorite costumes, get your autograph books ready, and prepare to set sail on the seas of high adventure with Fan2Sea. And if you spot a Nerdarchist on board, don’t forget to introduce yourself and to tell them to “Stay Nerdy!”

P.S.- The Nerdarchy crew did a video on Fan2Sea.

Nerdcation Alert D&D at Sea with Fan2Sea- A Comic Convention Adventure on a Boat!

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Books in review – Superpowered by James Schannep – Choose your own adventure

choose your own adventureHappy Memorial Day!  I hope this day finds you and yours well. Nerdarchist Ted here again.  Lets look back to the time we were kids.  Do you remember fondly watching and playing Super heroes?  Do you remember reading those choose your own adventure books?

Do you want to gain Super Powers?

Well I recently found that link to my childhood that covers both.  Superpowered by James Schannep  covers it quite awesomely.  It is a choose your own adventure book about an ordinary person who can get super powers and as you would guess there are loads of options.

Like any choose your own adventure book there are lots of options some the end the book quite quickly and others that can take you down the long reading road.  As an avid reader, one that has spent many an hour of reading these choose your way books, I knew the short roads early on and I experimented with those first to see where they would lead. Continue reading Books in review – Superpowered by James Schannep – Choose your own adventure

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Super Nerd Skills | Looking for some Nerdy Articles

I have not written about Super Nerd Skills for several months and I was missing it.

So I decided to reminisce by revisiting some of my nerdy articles from back in the day.

For your and my convenience I am putting a few short excerpts from each of them so we may easily go from one to the other within a single web page.

1. One of my favorite nerd skills: ARMA “a.k.a. the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts and the swordsmanship that they practice. Now before we go on lets clarify a few points on how this is a super nerdy skill. First, martial arts, is a system of combat skills used for defense, fighting, strengthening, etc…

Hmmm doesn’t sound too nerdy, sounds kind of buff. I believe the second part will clarify how it fits into Super Nerd Skills…”

2. If you don’t know what parkour is or what a traceur does then you really should check out this nerdy article  about running and jumping in cosplay attire…

“While most people see that as ridiculous, practiced parkour traceurs (people who practice parkour) see it as the best way to go. If you were free running you may throw a few back flips and spins into the traversal.

So parkour traceurs travel quick and efficient while free running runners are “free” to make it as an ascetically pleasing event as they desire.”

Super Nerd Skills | Looking for some Nerdy Articles

3. Blazing fast reading speeds part 1 and part 2.

Part 1 excerpt: “Learning how to read faster than the nerd average has been the desire of  many who look at their “to be read” stack of books and realize that the stack is no longer there because it fell down last year and they decided to get a book shelf for their “to be read” queue…”

Part 2 excerpt: “The app would chunk the following example sentence to increase reading speed, “the dwarf struck the orc with an axe and it fell” would be broken up into chucked phrases, “The Dwarf”, “Struck the orc”, “with an axe”, “and it fell”.

This allows for you to follow the flow of the sentence and gives you more time to decipher the literary symbols that matter for reading comprehension.”

4. Renaissance man and author of Fantasy Books.

flint knapping Super Nerd Skills | Looking for some Nerdy Articles“Imagine you are an author and writing a book where a main character interacts with indigenous people who use stone weapons.

Would it be better to simply state that some of them where flint knapping or would it add a fantastic level of realism to describe what the character is witnessing so that the reader can construct an image in their mind of what is happening around him?”

5. BLR. First the review of the Super Nerd Skill that was used: “Lip Reading a.k.a. Speechreading

Lip reading is a nerdy skill that can be developed by interpreting the communicative movements of the mouth, lips, and face. It is technical, as in it is very specific knowledge dealing with language, akin to sign language. Read as = Nerd Skill

Super Nerd Skills | Bad Lip Reading and Medieval Land Fun Time WorldEven more than the written word, lip reading has a host of difficulties with misinterpretations.

Lip reading is limited, in that many sounds have the same visual cues, so it is not easy to distinguish the words spoken based on the visual information by itself.

Also a sound that is “spoken” from the throat or deeper inside the mouth is unable to be detected.”

Super Nerd Skills | Looking for some Nerdy Articles

These were some of my favorite articles to research and write because it is very encouraging when I see other people flying the nerd flag and staying nerdy!

Do you think you know or have heard of a super nerd skill that I have yet to talk about?

Can you type the correct series of letters and spaces to tell me in the comments below?

If you said yes to the last two questions do your fellow nerdarchists a favor by telling us, in the comments below, about a super nerd skill.

 

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Super Nerd Skills|How to read faster and the speed reading app

Super Nerd Skills|How to read faster and the speed reading app

Greetings and welcome fellow Nerdarchs to Nerdarchy’s third post on Super Nerd Skills. This series is all about showcasing the skills and wit of nerds who we, at Nerdarchy, think deserve it.

Here we will tell you about reading, but not just reading – speed reading. (I know, I know. Many of you nerds who have been around the block know all about speed reading or think that you do.  but wait there’s more! Continue reading Super Nerd Skills|How to read faster and the speed reading app